Baked pumpkin oatmeal leftovers always translate into an easy goin’ day. This time I topped them with some of the granola that I made yesterday and sunbutter. A TJ’s sunflower butter puddle!
And coffee that I had to heat in the microwave because we accidentally brewed it last night when we thought the coffee maker was set to program but it was set on brew instead! D’oh!
I went to Pump Challenge this morning and burned out my upper body. Chris is rockin’ some awesome music right now – mash-ups of everything from Mmmm Bop (I know!) to Titanium. Mazen stayed home and played games with his KK, so I was able to bike to the gym and back in record time.
After a quick shower, I made…..FRENCH TOAST!
I pulled out an egg and slice of bread to incorporate into my salad and decided that they should be married together.
In to the egg, I stirred Lemon Pepper Salt that I got at The Spice Diva this weekend plus some dried dill.
It turned out fantastic!! Although I have to say I resisted the urge to smother this savory slice with sunbutter : ) This is definitely going into my lunchtime rotation!
On the side – the rest of the salad. Mixed greens, sliced veg, goat cheese, pecans, honey drizzle and Citron Salt flakes, also from The Spice Diva.
Here are a few things around my house I’m currently loving –
Canvases of Mazen I made with Black Friday sales at Easy Canvas Prints
Big glass jars I got on Amazon for only $13 each to hold our diaper laundry detergent and oxiclean
Soapnuts on the right for clothes! The jars make me turn my head every time I pass the laundry room.
And some old crocks my mom gave me – one for magazines and one for kitchen utensils!
And last but not least, I finally found something I LOVE in our kitchen top shelf – my two vintage glass jars (from an antique store). They used to be on our countertops, but I like them even more up there.
This afternoon Mazen napped while I prepared for a massive Google Hangout for The Shorty Awards! The Real Health bloggers gathered in a live group video chat with Michele Promaulayko, editor of Women’s Health Magazine, to talk about #socialfitness. Real Health is sponsoring the awards this year, and it’s been fun getting involved.
I snacked on yogurt with cranberry sauce and granola afterwards
And got some crazy beans cookin’! These beauties came from Whole Foods and I soaked them overnight. Then today I put them in my rice cooker and although they overflowed with protein foam, they turned out perfectly cooked.
With beans, the bigger the better! I love love giant beans.
We served them with leftover brown rice drizzled in Bone Suckin’ Sauce, avocado, Greek yogurt and lemon pepper salt.
Plus a hugeeeeee pile of sautéed kale and braisin’ greens from our garden! These were washed + torn and then cooked in some bacon grease we saved in the fridge and drizzled with some smoked maple syrup. So good!
Slice of dark chocolate for dessert. I almost nibbled on my compact flash card instead of the chocolate square!
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
Those are some big beans! Wish I could make my husband like them!
loving that dinner right now and i am with you-the bigger the bean the better. oh and your house decorating is adorable 🙂
Sara @ fitcupcaker says
HAHA, dont eat the cards that wont taste good. Im definitely gonig to try your baked oatmeal. I also love french toast. I never thought about having for lunch with a salad. Good idea.
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
I drink pre-made coffee all the time. I’m always late in the morning, so I brew a big pot at the beginning of the week and keep it in the fridge to re-heat before work every day or use in oat creations.
Anele @ Success Along the Weigh says
You’ve just reminded me to do my beans today! I want to make some mexican stuffed shells tomorrow for dinner and the beans are still in the pantry. Oops!
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
Beautiful blue breakfast plate!
I wish I could hire you to come organize and decorate my house. You’re amazing!
[email protected] says
Mmmmm. Dinner looks tasty! I’ve been meaning to try making beans in my rice cooker – did you use a special bean-cooking setting?
No just the white rice/regular
Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina says
I like the idea of savory french toast. Now you have my creative juices flowing!
We had collards last night (I am starting to get tired of kale), and oven roasted sweet potatoes, radishes, and parsnips among other things, but I think a pile of those HUGE beans would have gone great with my dinner! 😉
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
LOVE the french toast for lunch! YUM!
Ali @ Peaches and Football says
I’ve seen a lot of deals on print-to-canvas pictures and they look amazing. I really like that idea. I’ve never had savory french toast before and am not sure what I think of dill on it. When I think of french toast, I think SWEET. 🙂 I like the idea of baking a large pan of oatmeal. Leftovers make life so much easier!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
Haha I love that your body pump instructor is playing a good mix up, including Mmmm Bop!! I loved that song and still randomly sing it
[email protected] says
Great idea to use the clear jars for laundry supplies, it looks so clean and neat. I really need to take your lead and use my rice cooker for more than just rice!
Kath, your meals always look so fresh and yummy. Do you have a post on food shopping? How often you go, what you get? Do you meal plan, etc? If you don’t have a post, would you consider doing one in the future?
I do. The Groceries post on the sidebar —->
thank you! i typically read your blog in google reader, sorry for the silly question!
As much as I love the jars (also at Wal Mart and cheaper), I think glass in the laundry area is an accident waiting to happen — soap + water = slippage. Cute idea for another dryer (no pun intended) area.
I don’t pick them up and carry them… Just take off the lid and scoop right in. It’s dry so the lid is never slippery.
I adore your laundry room glass jars. I have been searching for some my laundry room too.
Almost every time I read your blog I think I need to eat more cooked, dark greens. I’m good with daily salads but want to eat more kale, collards, etc. My problem is my husband and kids resist them so much and I am the only one that eats them, so I tend to not make them often enough.
Ideas to help them appeal to a kid’s (and husband’s, LOL) taste buds more?
Maple syrup. Not so much that it would appeal to Buddy the Elf but just a light drizzle to cancel out the bitterness. Maybe start with more and taper back if they like it. I use only about a tsp in a whole pot
Crocks looks great! (and so does the rest.)
I’m sorry, but I don’t see why you would cook your vegetables in something as UNHEALTHY as bacon grease! There are so many healthful options that taste great and would get the job done- and especially as an RD who makes a living off of showing people how to eat healthy, I just can’t believe you’d use bacon grease.
Amy everything is about moderation. Matt saved literally a tablespoon that we didn’t dump down the drain. It went a long way with flavor. It is not our primary cooking fat. I do not think there is anything wrong with including a slice of bacon every now and then in an otherwise healthy diet.
A little bacon grease is a wonderful addition to greens. And just a little is all it takes. It is all about moderation and not being so rigid. Rigid people are not happy people. But please don’t pour the grease down the drain. When you pour it down the drain it solidifies and accumulates with all the other grease and sooner or later you will have a big clog in the sewage under your street. You won’t like that.
My husband and I recently ate at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak and had brussels sprouts cooked in bacon grease. If vegetables in bacon grease are wrong I don’t want to be right. Sidenote: We did the chef’s tasting menu and it was seriously the best meal I’ve ever had.
I have to agree with Paula about pouring grease down the drain. You are setting yourself up for a future plumbing nightmare. (We have rental properties and have had to deal with this sooooo many times!)
Oh we don’t normally do that – in fact we almost always save it for cooking! I was using it as an alternative example. There’s actually a great PSA commercial here in Cville about FOG (fats oils grease) and why not to pour them down
Spice Chicken says
Jeez, don’t be a hater. I see your point, and I don’t cook in bacon fat myself, let alone eat bacon, but different strokes for different folks. I’d prefer it if the bacon lovers of the world ate more greens!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Love all your glass jars and household organization pics – the crocks from you mom and the glass jars for the laundry detergent, great idea! I tend to not buy powdered detergent anymore but just recently bought some and transferred it to a huge ziplock. Your idea is wayyyy better!
I used to only like liquid, but powdered is so much more chic
Do you buy the powder or make your own? I’ve had great success with homemade laundry detergent (although admitedly I make liquid.) It is so easy and cheap.
I’m using Rockin’ Green for the diapers, but I’d like to make my own sometime!
Of course I know 1 T isn’t going to kill you obviously. I guess I’m just surprised you’d use that instead of all the yummy healthier oil choices there are- especially as the author of a healthy food blog. I save my splurges for desserts so I guess this just boils down to “to each their own”. Oh and if you are looking for an alternative way to add flavor- I find adding sauteed onion and garlic to my greens makes them extra scrumptious! Have a good day Kath!
Bacon fat is an animal fat that your body can readily and easily digest. And although it’s a been popular medical opinion that saturated fats increase the risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the link has not been proven causal. And if it’s something indulged in sparingly then the risk is even lower. Avocados are also high in saturated fat, but they are extremely nutrient-dense. Fat is probably the most important building block of the human diet, with carbohydrates being the least important in terms of basic function (as in, your body can still thrive without carbs unless you’re an insane athlete).
Amy, can you tell me which oils you find so much healther? I’m assuming you’re going to say vegetable, corn and peanut oils and things like margarine because they’re low calorie. But they’re extracted and pressed with toxic chemicals, and are not digested by the human body naturally.
Actually you are wrong on a number of points. Avocados are healthy, but, like all plant fats besides coconut and palm oils, do NOT contain saturated fat as you said. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, of which research has demonstrated numerous health benefits. I would consider healthy oils to be organic canola, olive, avocado, hemp and flax oils, among others. Of course, depending on their smoke point you’d use certain ones for certain applications, but that is beside the point.
You’re also wrong about carbohydrates being the least important macronutrient- they are the MOST important. Your red blood cells and central nervous system need glucose for energy in particular.
I consider bacon fat to be unhealthy because it’s packed with saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which have been shown to have a negative impact on health in numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies.
All that aside, a tablespoon of bacon fat on greens once and a while isn’t going to hurt you, so we can agree on that.
Saving bacon grease is genuis!
Elise @ Expeditions of Elise says
That dinner looked YUMMY! Avocado really changes the game in my opinion…it’s one my favorite foods.
Lisa @bitesforbabies says
Looks delicious….I SOOOO wish Ih ad my own garden!!!
I still don’t understand why you don’t add a touch of milk or cream to your french toast…not like it’s a big deal as I’m not eating it, but putting a slice of bread in a bowl of plain egg is definitely not french toast. Just some constructive criticism! You should try it.
I did try it and didn’t notice a difference!! It’s just one extra step I’m saving.
I am the same I have tried both ways and I think there is no difference!
Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian says
I love the combo of avocado, beans, and Greek yogurt!
I have been a long-time reader and am continuously amazed at what people comment to you about such small details of your daily life. So many more important things to focus on than things such as food preparations. I just want to say thank you for sharing what you do on the blog and making a healthy lifestyle more accessible. 🙂
haha….I’ve done that many times with my coffee maker, too. 🙂
Your house is so neat and organized. I don’t know how you do it. I feel like I’m always playing catch up and never have the time to get past that point.
I love how in some rooms of your house the colors are neutral but then something in the room like a painting or a jar will just pop with color. So pretty!
Spice Chicken says
Savory french toast! What a great idea. I have serious laundry room envy.
Kath, I’m loving you incorporating French Toast into lunch, great idea! Reading all your resent post has reminded me how much I love FT. Also, I love the canvas of baby boy- looks great. ( I’m a former wedding photo: turned banker) so, I love all the pictures you take food/places/baby/whatever’s!
I like the idea of bacon grease to yummy up a meal. I keep a small jar on hand to liven dishes up @ my house too. Have a great day!
[email protected] says
Love the idea of a savory French toast! Those canvas prints are beautiful!
Cute decorating ideas! I scoop laundry detergent out of the big ol’ box it came in… glass jars are much more aesthetically pleasing!
[email protected] for the Soul says
oh man oh man, how can I thank you for linnking to that canvasprint website?!!! I’ve been looking for something juuusttt like that for a ‘reasonable’ price. Of course, the cheaper the better but those $ aren’t too bad. I’ve been bad at putting up photos in our house and it’s one of those things that keep bugging me in the back of my mind, lol. And what a cool way to cook the greens. I’m not a bacon fan but I can see how that combo would be delicious. 🙂
I have ordered from that canvas company before and if you get on their email list, they frequently (at least weekly, it seems) send out offers that make the canvas’s even cheaper too. Just a tip 🙂
Annette @FitnessPerks says
I love french toast.I kinda want some now…. mmmmmm
I enjoyed today’s post. Good inspiration to cook more with beans. The photo canvases of your son are lovely. I hope you’ll continue to blog about home organization in a few months when he starts going mobile – I will be interested to see your creative baby proofing solutions.
Oh my gosh, Kath! Those canvases of Mazen are so beautiful! He is so cute : )
Also, your house looks absolutely amazing and squeaky clean for having such a crazy busy life with a newborn (I, too, have a newborn and I WISH my home looked looked even half as good as yours! haha). Do you clean everyday, or have someone come in and help? My husband and I were thinking of getting someone to come in and clean just to help us keep on top of things!!1!
We have someone come, and it was one of the best decisions of my life!
Good for you Kath to pay for some relief! Definitely worthwhile when your hands are full with a little one. Did you hire one pre- or post-pregnancy?
I was a little surprised you hadn’t mentioned it on the blog yet though–any reason for the omission?
I guess I’m a little annoyed abou the cleaning person revelation, only because in all of your talk of Home Clean Home, running around on Sunday to get things in order for the week, and trying to stay on top of laundry you never mentioned that you actually aren’t doing the majority of cleaning yourself. I’m sitting here feeling like a completely lazy slob because I can’t keep my house as tidy as yours, and it turns out that’s because you aren’t doing it on your own. Whatever, housekeepers are awesome and more power to you, I’d get one if I could. I just feel cheated by the story you’re painting for your readers. Guess I’ll stop beating myself up.
Yvonne, I am not making up the cleaning I do – I do still clean my own house. I do all the laundry. I just have a little help. I did not have cleaning help when I wrote the Home Clean Home series, and I still use all of those products and tools when I do clean inbetween.
I have to agree with Yvonne. I pay for cleaning services in my home, as well, so am all for it and think to each their own. With a little one, I can only imagine how helpful it would be! However, I do think it is misleading that in all of the cleaning-related comments lately – both from you in your posts, and from readers in the comments – that you have not felt the need to address the fact that you have outside help (besides when someone directly asked you in the comments). It just feels like you are hiding the full truth from readers who really do believe your world is as you present it – baby, squeaky clean home, and all.
Well as I said to Yvonne, I’ve never lied about what I’ve been doing. If I said I was cleaning, I was cleaning! I really did scrub the baseboards when I was pregnant. It’s not like the cleaning service lives in my house. I haven’t felt the need to say anything because people might think I’m bragging or something. Remember that bloggers don’t share everything in their lives, and I’ve said many times that blogs paint a prettier picture than reality.
Elberta H. says
I understand what oeople are saying here. You portray your life in a very aspirational way — blogger, business owner, new mom, love to organize & keep house — but then you omit the key point that you can do all these things because you have help. I can understand how readers who are moms and who work outside the home and who post very nice comments to you about how they want their homes to look like yours or ask you for cleaning tips might be upset.
Yes, bloggers often don’t talk about the less savory or mundane details of life, but there’s a difference between omitting things because of privacy reasons vs. omitting a fact that is VERY germane to the image you are voluntarily presenting to the world.
I understand what you are saying, but I also don’t think having someone come clean my shower walls every now and then cancels out any tips I give on KERF about food, organization, etc. It’s also not very realistic of me when someone asks about cleaning to say “just hire help!” I try to offer tips that I DO use when I clean myself (which I do still do!) I also have never claimed to have a sparkling clean house all the time. Neat, yes, but there is often dust in the corners. If you go re-read my comment responses, you’ll see that I share that often with those who inquire. The photos are not close-ups.
I clean houses for a living (and love it–yes really.) Two things:
Many of my clients do plenty of housework in between my cleanings (and I’m glad they do).
And most of all, Kath is employing someone! In this tight job market, I say, “Thanks, Kath” on behalf of everyone in my profession.
I hear you, and definitely don’t think you should have to share everything. By any means! I also don’t think that you “lied” about any of the cleaning you said you were doing. I just think your cleanliness and how neat and clean you keep your home is something you talk about a lot on the blog, so it just feels “off” to me that you wouldn’t share that tidbit. Especially when you get so many comments along the lines of, “How do you do it?!” To me, the answer to that should include the outside help you enlist. Or better yet, you would just be up-front about it and include that when discussing how you are maintaining everything. I get that you are damned if you do, damned if you don’t, but, like I said, this just felt off to me in terms of honesty. It would be like taking a picture of a dinner party you hosted, and leaving out that some of it was catered. Just my two-cents as a longtime reader!
You guys make it sound like she just disclosed someone else writes her blog, cooks all of her meals, cleans her house daily and takes her showers for her! Geez. It’s a CLEANING SERVICE. Millions of people – from busy professionals to stay-at-home moms – have them. Not a big deal!
Yes, Jamie, that is EXACTLY what I was saying. Good grief. It ISN’T a big deal to hire a cleaning service – in fact, I said that I do the exact same thing. More power to anyone that has the means for extra help! My issue was with not sharig that information when a lot of talk on the blog and in the comments centers around how Kath is able to juggle so many things while maintaining such a neat and tidy home – one that she seems to pride herself on. I won’t speak for other commenters – even though you lumped all that had questions/issues regarding the cleaning service into one category – but my issue was only with the honesty of it all. I am not sure what you are so worked up about here…
I’m a long time reader, but just recently ‘getting involved’ in your blog –i.e. commenting, and hoping that you are open to hearing opinions from your readers. LOTS and LOTS of women have cleaning assistance. LOTS. Its not a big deal. It is absolutely a luxury item. Many of us would love to have that kind of help, but just can’t swing it. No one (I don’t think) is begrudging you for having the help — just that you haven’t mentioned it, and you show these beautiful photos on your blog, and women who are doing everything in their power just to hold it all together….maybe feel a little diminished. If you had been honest about the help, that might have made things a little easier, both for your readers and yourself.
But imagine what people would have said if she’d done a post about her new cleaner? I’m not sure that would have been that well received. She answered honestly when someone asked point blank, and that’s honest enough for me.
Kath, I think it’s fine you didn’t feel obligated to write about something in your personal life. Like you said, it’s kind of a lose/lose. We know you don’t share everything with us.
I agree with Lisa. I am learning you can’t please ANYone some times. (And by you = I mean everyone in life). It really sucks and I’m sick of feeling like crap or always having to explain myself to someone else. Ack. To hell with it! It’s your life. Others need to get one apparently…
Us, readers, are in no position to demand from the blogger. They just share what they feel is useful to share. If you feel for some reason that you are terrible because you are not doing your job as a mother as good as her, you are very much welcome to ask for advice and questions but you absolutely have no right at all to demand.
Let us take for example in school, we can’t expect our teachers to teach us everything we have to learn. We have to raise questions and even do research.
So give her a break. She is already open enough to share a part of her life with us.
Keep it up Kath! Kudos to you!
Blogs don’t “paint a prettier picture than reality” – YOU paint the picture. You are writing this blog, and you choose what you present. If what’s presented is a prettier picture than reality, it’s because you chose to paint it that way.
So sorry I meant to write BLOGGERS
Cait's Plate says
LOVE the home pieces!!
Katie @ skinnyminniemoves says
I think it’s so cute you guys use ‘KK’. That’s what my niece calls me!!!
What’s in the middle frame between the two Mazen prints?
It’s two envelopes framed with stamps of Lucy Stone. I wrote my senior history thesis on Lucy and the women’s rights movement
I’m so intrigued by your savory french toast! Do you know what kind of beans those were? The Mazen canveses look great!
I don’t know their name
I think they are cranberry beans, I have gotten them from Whole Foods before.
[email protected] says
Those beans looks yum! Do you know what they were? I’m not sure I could resist putting SunButter on the French Toast! 🙂 Beautiful pics you have up of Mazen!
[email protected] for Life says
These images are an inspiration! (also, now I’m really hungry so thanks a lot!) 😀
Random question: do you refrigerate your Barney Butter? I noticed it gets a bit hard in the fridge but I suppose it melt a bit in oatmeal. Thanks!
Oh NO! I make my own detergent (I read your previosus post on soap nuts) why are you afraid of Borax??!!! YIKES! Do tell….Please
I’ve just never used it! That’s all.
That’s why you must read blogs with a grain of salt it’s up to the author to include, or not include as they please. Most bloggers also only share the pleasant side of their life which seems to be the case here
Wow as always your food for the day looks amazen! And I love all the household items that are new, so cute the way everything is done:)
Kath that baked oatmeal looks great. Do you have an estimate of the calories per serving?
It’s about 250-275
Perfect. I’m baking some right now for breakfasts this week, smells delicious. Thanks!!
Do you have a store that lets you fill your jars with bulk beans, oats, nuts, etc? Or do you buy this stuff at Whole foods in a plastic bag then transfer it to your jars? I hate using a bag when I’m just going to dump something into a jar, but I haven’t found another alternative near me.
p.s. love that you did your thesis on Lucy Stone 🙂
Our store has paper bags, which is a little bit better. I couldn’t imagine taking all of my ball jars there, but I get how putting things in plastic is also annoying!
Love the organization! your house looks so homey 🙂
Parita @ myinnershakti says
I love taking fun, creative pictures and turning them into canvas shots. I just did that with two of our wedding picture…adds so much to the room!
Hey Kath! I was wondering if you might be able to name a few of your favorite cookbooks on your blog? I’m vegetarian and am often inspired by the meals you prepare. I have looked through and tried many of your wonderful recipes! But, am looking for some new recipes to spice up my weekly menus!
I honestly don’t use cookbooks. But a few of note are The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook (I do use that a lot), Peas + Thank You and the Eat, Drink + Be Vegan ones, which I used to use a lot. There are sooooo many more good ones, but I turn to the internet more often for research and then create my own twist on something.
That’s what I have for dessert every.single.night: a square (or two) of dark chocolate!
Love the savory french toast idea too! Makes sense to me.
Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun says
My how I wish it were bike-riding weather here!!
wow, i actually find it refreshing that you revealed you have a housekeeper! makes you seem a bit more “real” and you don’t actually have it “all” together. housekeepers are fabulous and I don’t think you should be embarrassed to reveal you have one! it might help you connect with your readers better 🙂 i am a single gal and trust me, the money i set aside for a cleaner each month is worth every single penny! and i DEFINITELY do cleaning in between their visits. but dang, it’s nice to not have to scrub my shower or toilet. kudos to you for admitting you can’t do it “all!” how long have you had one, and how did you go about finding the right one? I always wonder if going with a well known service is better, but often they are more expensive. I bet you doing a post on how to select a housekeeper would be well perceived by viewers 🙂 keep up the good work, kath! you’re doing an excellent job!
Love, love, love your blog and have for a long time now. I steal recipes and keep motivated with exercise and healthy eating. Thank you! I do have a question…..do you have certain staple items you always have on hand? Your meals always look delicious =)
Found your Grocery link….sorry!
Laura Ann says
Loved this post. Have been hoping you’d bring back the cleaning, decorating, and organization posts. 🙂
Diana @ Eating Made Easy says
With a laundry room like that, I would look forward to laundry day! I love your vintage storage solutions just beautiful!!!
Alex @ Raw Recovery says
I love the canvases of M and those jars for the laundry room. My laundry room is a stacked washer and dryer with a folding door 🙂 No room for the jars in this apartment but maybe someday!
Oh, good on you for having a housekeeper. I am a SAHM like you and have one also. Best decision I ever made.
I ordered a canvas of one of my wedding photos from that same company a few months back and I LOVE IT! It looks beautiful (as do your canvas’s)!
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says
Love your savory twist on french toast, you do not see it that often.
Also, how stinking cute are those photos of Maze!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
The canvases of Mazen are so adorable! They turned out great! 🙂
Dinner looked delicious! I love those glass jars, they’re definitely a great addition.
Healthy tony says
What % of comments do tou actually post???
Megan S says
Love the jars!
Just a heads-up .. you can find those exact ones at Walmart for $10 🙂
Good to know!! I don’t frequently WM that often, but I might go just for more jars : )
I was wondering how many servings you get for the baked pumpkin oatmeal?
Awesome recipe by the way, third time making it… I noticed in the comments you mentioned calories per serving, not serving size. I’m sorry if I missed that part some where 🙂